Walk the streets of Old Town Toronto with a historian, visiting must-see cultural sites, learning about iconic architecture, exploring renowned museums and tasting traditional cuisine.
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Program No. 8937RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Arrival and Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Toronto, Ontario
D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Check-in is 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars or settle in for the night. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer. The hotel is in downtown Toronto, surrounded by restaurants, City Hall and historical sites.

DAY
2
Old Town Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, Urban Planning
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Public transit will be used today. Walking approximately 2 miles over two hours. Driving about 50 miles over 3 hours. Climbing stairs and using escalators.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Join Bruce Bell, a local Torontonian, author and well-known historian for an entertaining and enlightening presentation on the city of Toronto, past and present. The official historian of St. Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Hall, Bruce knows the city’s colorful past and historical landmarks, as well as its lesser-known stories and hidden gems. His lecture will touch upon the ways in which Toronto’s history has intertwined with that of nearby American colonies and states. We’ll learn about the influx of Loyalists to Fort York in the aftermath of the War of Independence, the War of 1812 and the effects of the American Civil War on the city. We will also learn about Toronto’s enduring British influence and its role in securing a peaceful and bloodless sovereignty for Canada. After the lecture, we’ll stretch our legs as we walk the city’s most historic streets, including ones that witnessed English Canada’s ill-fated rebellion. We’ll make our way south toward Lake Ontario, travelling to the steps of Old City Hall, past the Art Deco and modernist influences of Bay Street, the country’s financial heart, to St. Michael’s and St. James Cathedrals and finally to historic St. Lawrence Market and Hall.

Lunch: At the market, a variety of options are available to suit any taste.

Afternoon: A local expert will join us on a coach exploration to discover Toronto’s famous landmarks and unique architecture. We'll learn about the city's urban development and examine revitalization projects underway in the city, including Regent Park.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

DAY
3
Multicultural Toronto, Chinatown, Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
B,L
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Public transit will be used today. Walking approximately 2 miles over 3 hours; multiple flights of stairs, busy streets. Climbing stairs and using escalators.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and celebrates over 100 different cultures with over 180 languages spoken. A local expert will provide us with an in-depth talk on Toronto's vibrant multicultural landscape. Then set off on foot to explore Chinatown and Kensington Market - the very epicenter of the city - it is a combination of Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and the Meatpacking District with the culture and excitement of a great multicultural city. We’ll continue to learn about this area's fascinating history from our expert as we work our way to our lunch destination.

Lunch: Lunch in Kensington Market.

Afternoon: Uncover the treasures of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on an expert-led exploration. Founded in 1900 by a group of private citizens as the Art Museum of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO expanded its facility in 2008 with an innovative architectural design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. The Canadian collection vividly documents the development of the nation's art heritage since pre-Confederation, including one of the largest and finest Inuit art collections in the world. The AGO also houses the world's largest public collection of works by internationally renowned British sculptor Henry Moore.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own this evening. Your Group Leader will be happy to suggest nearby restaurants suited to your tastes and appetite.

DAY
4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls Boat Trip
Toronto, Ontario
B,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Driving 195 miles over 4 hours. Walking 1 mile over the course of the day. Boat ride is approximately 30 minutes on large sight-seeing boat, specially designed for the falls. Climbing stairs and using escalators.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Set out for Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint 19th century town via motorcoach. Discover some of the rich history of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queenston Heights through commentary given by our Group Leader. Next, we’ll go on an architectural walk around the town with a local historian to explore some of the historic buildings and hear about their roles in past wars, conflicts, rebellions, and threats that faced the city and the region during the course of its development. Focal points will include learning about the area from times of the First Nations peoples to the arrival of the Europeans and the War of 1812.

Lunch: Lunch on own in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we coach to Niagara Falls. Experience the water, power and mist of one of Canada’s natural wonders. We will get up-close and personal on a new state-of-the-art catamaran boat tour “Voyage To The Falls”. We will travel from the Canadian docks at the base of the Great Gorge, past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the up-close and personal connection with the thundering water, awesome power and amazing mist of the mighty Horseshoe Falls! A historian will join us to provide a presentation on Niagara history before dinner.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Niagara Falls.

Evening: Return to hotel in Toronto.

DAY
5
Elgin Winter Garden Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Public transit will be used today. Walking approximately 1.5 miles over 2 hours; multiple flights of stairs, busy streets. Climbing stairs and using escalators.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we will visit the historical Elgin Winter Garden Theatre, a National Historic Site and hailed as one of the most beautiful theatre complexes in the world. It is the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – containing two completely separate and restored Edwardian theatres. With its history of vaudevillian roots, the Elgin is now a sumptuous affair with royal boxes. Magic casts a spell in the Wintergarden so named for its lovely trompe l'oeil paintings and pastoral ambiance. The theatre is only open to organized groups when it is not booked for specific special performances. A local expert will bring us on a walking exploration of the theatre, touching on its past, present, and future.

Lunch: Lunch at the ROM.

Afternoon: Embark on an expert led exploration of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) for an overview of the many galleries and exhibits followed by free time to explore on our own. Explore an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Learn about the evolution of the ROM's architecture, and the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The ROM is the fifth largest museum in North America and contains more than six million items and over 40 galleries. It is also the largest museum in Canada and has notable collections of dinosaurs, Near Eastern and African art, East Asian art, European history, and Canadian history.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
6
Departure, Program Concludes
Toronto, Ontario
B

Activity note: Check-out is 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Program concludes

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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